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Jonathan Porter

Jonathan Porter metal detecting gold

Jonathan Porter is a well known Australian professional prospector with over twenty three years of gold detecting experience. He first started prospecting as a hobby with a Minelab GT 16000 metal detector back in 1987 on the Palmer River gold field in far North Queensland.

His biggest gold nugget to date weighed in at 83 ounces along with 79 and 54 ounce pieces unearthed the same day using a Minelab GP 3500.

In 1995 Jonathan was asked to assist Minelab with the evaluation and field testing of Minelab’s MPS metal detectors, including some countermine work. He also continues to work in close association with Bruce Candy, Minelab’s Chief Scientist.

In 2004 Jonathan’s business ‘Aurum Australis’ released the first of a now famous series of instructional DVDs. ‘The Outback Prospector – Unleashing the GP Series’ was a hit among Minelab users in Australia and the US and led to a total of four instructional DVDs with the fifth on the GPX 5000 now in production.

The outback prospector - Jonathan Porter

Jonathan has written numerous articles for Australian Gold Gem & Treasure magazine over the years with regular contributions to ICMJ magazine in the US.

Jonathan says “I have an absolute passion for metal detecting and get a huge amount of pleasure in seeing others learning the craft”.

As well as his instructional DVDs Jonathan’s business Aurum Australis carries a range of metal detecting accessories such as Hip Sticks, B&Z booster speaker combos and much more.

Posts

The New “Super Detector” from Minelab - the SDC 2300

June 26, 2014 05:05pm

I have always wished for a metal detector that had the sensitivity to find those sub half-gram nuggets but at the same time ignore the mineralisation. Sure the GPX 5000 in Fine Gold with a small Monoloop coil attached does a pretty good job of things, but I always felt I was still a ways off from getting down to the sensitivity required for the tiny nuggets that are still sitting there for the taking, still waiting there patiently after all this time, waiting for something special to come along, something super. Enter the SDC 2300, that’s “Super Detector COMPACT”, and boys does it pack a punch! 

Posted by Jonathan Porter on June 26, 2014 05:05pm | 0 Comments

So you want to find a patch

May 01, 2014 10:00am

This blog is about highlighting some of the decisions I make when out patch hunting and why.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on May 01, 2014 10:00am | 0 Comments

What I listen for when chasing gold at depth

May 30, 2013 11:35am

There are some basic rules that should be at the forefront of your mind when detecting for gold, probably the most important one being to dig everything. No one can accurately determine if a signal is gold just by listening to the signal response, especially if the target is large or close to the surface of the ground. There is another side to gold prospecting with a metal detector that requires a different approach, this is often dictated by expediency due to time restraints and in a lot of cases an attempt to maintain some sanity, these areas are often in and around old diggings where there is a lot of trash from both modern and Old Timers.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on May 30, 2013 11:35am | 6 Comments

Those little ones add up

February 21, 2013 02:39pm

There’s been a real buzz around the world lately with the discovery of a monster gold nugget in Victoria’s Golden Triangle; it never ceases to amaze me the amount of large nugget finds that keep coming out from the richest, but also the most detected dirt on the planet!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on February 21, 2013 02:39pm | 3 Comments

I should have used the PRO-FIND 25

January 02, 2013 11:08am

The day looked like it was going to be hot and the humidity levels even at this time of the morning were already on the rise, I was loading my truck getting ready for an early bird assault on an old surfacing area that has been productive for me over the years and wanted to make sure I hit the ground running with everything ready to go before things got too uncomfortable.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on January 02, 2013 11:08am | 5 Comments

Chasing the little ones and letting the big ones look after themselves

November 23, 2012 11:40am

Gold is a funny thing but more importantly people are even funnier! This might all sound a little cryptic but please bear with me while I elaborate. I often talk with detector operators either in the field as I travel or when they call me on the phone here at our business ‘Aurum Australis’. The biggest common denominator is their burning desire to find some gold, particularly the big ones like I find in my videos, so the general drift of our conversations comes down to what it is I look for in my search for those trophy nuggets I seem to find so regularly.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on November 23, 2012 11:40am | 0 Comments

Adventures end

October 12, 2012 04:50pm

All good adventures have a beginning and an end, and ‘The West Australian Adventure’ was no exception. Personal reflections made when you’ve had time to sit down and go over your experiences all over again is what truly makes a great adventure and to that end they put this trip right up there with my all-time favourites. As I write this I’ve just received word from Chris Ralph who is waiting for an early flight at an Airport in the US, he’s on his way back home from a whole new adventure with Steve Herschbach poles apart from our trip last year. I’m amazed to find it’s been close on a year since we parted, so I suppose WA was truly a great adventure as it’s taken nearly a year to tell the story!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on October 12, 2012 04:50pm | 2 Comments

The West Australian Adventure Video Blog - Part 7

September 14, 2012 03:30pm

When I look back on the latter part of trip with the benefit of hindsight’s 20-20 vision, I finally realise that what I was now noticing in Chris and Steve’s behaviour was mirrored closely to the freeing up of my own worries and concerns in trying to get them over gold each and every day. This phenomenon is a pretty common occurrence in the gold game, you at first manically try to find crumbs all day every day then towards the end of the trip tend to back off and relax, its then that things generally come into alignment. Chris and Steve now knew the drill; they had confidence in their detectors and felt more in tune with their surrounds which was then subsequently reflected in their gold finds.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on September 14, 2012 03:30pm | 0 Comments

The West Australian Adventure Video Blog - Part 6

August 17, 2012 11:44am

Cement as the name suggests is very hard, requiring special methods and tools. In this blog post I wish to discuss the way I set up our GPX 5000s to get maximum performance in the location seen in the video.

Firstly the area was well known to me and as a consequence has seen a lot of attention with all previous models of Minelab detectors dating back to the SD 2000; as such it’s a very good litmus test to the effectiveness of any new Minelab design!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on August 17, 2012 11:44am | 0 Comments

Minelab PRO-FIND 25

July 30, 2012 10:00am

Being asked to have a play with the PRO-FIND 25 pinpoint probe lacked excitement for me based on past experiences with similar devices due to a number of factors. Firstly a lack of sensitivity to small nuggets especially in mineralised soils and secondly my GPX 5000 would pick up my previous pinpointer from a long way away even when the thing was turned off!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on July 30, 2012 10:00am | 0 Comments
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